The Simpsons: Season 3, Episode 1

Stark Raving Dad (19 Sep. 1991)

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Homer accidentally lands in a mental hospital and ends up sharing a room with a white man who thinks he is Michael Jackson.

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Homer Simpson / Krusty (voice)
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Marge Simpson (voice)
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Bart Simpson / Kearney (voice)
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Bart puts his lucky red cap in the laundry, turning Homer's white shirt pink. When he wears the pink shirt to work, Homer is sent to a mental institution where his roommate is a big fat white guy who believes himself to be Michael Jackson. Homer's roommate and Bart collaborate on a song for Lisa's birthday-which she believes to be the best present she ever got. Written by Tiff Banks

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A sequel episode was written in which Leon Kompowsky would be voiced by Prince, who was Michael Jackson's musical rival at the time. But Prince disliked the script backed out and the episode was not produced. See more »

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Homer Simpson: I can't wear pink! Everyone at work wears white! I'm not popular enough to be different.
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Referenced in Graham Norton's Bigger Picture: Episode #3.7 (2006) See more »

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Happy Birthday
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An Excellent Start to the Third Season!
1 August 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is the first episode of the third season of the Simpsons and after a lackluster finale to the second season, the third season is starting off very strong. This episode is funny and actually musical-based. We get a guest talent from the late Michael Jackson who actually sings an original song here. Plus we get good cultural references and I was reminded of one of the great films of 1975, One Who Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.

In this episode, "Stark-Raving Dad," Bart mixes his red hat in the laundry thus making Homer's shirt white. When he goes into work with the pink shirt, Mr. Burns declares him a "free-thinking anarchist," and sends him to a mental institution. There he meets this guy who claims to be Michael Jackson and together they forge a friendship.

Overall, this is an excellent episode and actually is really touching. Michael's song is a really good song and it's a shame the Simpsons tried to keep his guest appearance quiet. I rate this episode 9/10.


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